Soap Ear is a Los Angeles-based publication that serves the city’s musical extremities — the critics, outsiders, experimenters, dreamers, academics, sound artists, and concrete poets who will also be regular contributors to this platform. Published four times a year, each issue of Soap Ear features and critiques musical objects (pieces, shows, or installations) that touch or disrupt our editors’ creative vision. Covering shows, installations, and new music releases, we also publish mixtapes, artist interviews, essays, scores, poetry and anything else that fits. While honing in on Los Angeles and Southern California venues and record labels, Soap Ear honors the spirit of our globalized era, surveying musicians from New York, Tokyo, and elsewhere. Still, our core mission will be to explore musical activity and ideas that fuel Los Angeles proper and fan out from here to the rest of the world.
The voices Soap Ear publishes will walk the line between the scholar and the enthusiast, will respect both the expert’s depth and the fan’s informal devotion. Through the pages of Soap Ear, we hope to forge connections between sonic experimenters, thinkers, and listeners.
Contemporary artists in Los Angeles are composing and performing pieces that question why and how music is made. Soap Ear seeks work that queries elements such as the materiality of sound, music’s social functions and contexts, and the domain of specific traditions, technologies, forms and techniques. We can document these gestures and bring them into broader discourses about music and performance at the present moment in our present city.
Soap Ear is a collaboration between editor-in-chief Lyle Daniel, assistant editor Ben Levinson and assistant editor and creative director Ashley Chaney. Yann Novak (www.yannnovakdesign.com) is our web developer. Soap Ear is a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel and the editors met at LARB’s annual publishing workshop.
You can contact us with pitches, questions, comments, and anything else at firstname.lastname@example.org